Apple has done it again folks. They've literally taken the guts of their iPhone 4 and placed them all into an iPod Touch body. Now mind you the GPS and telephone aspect might be lacking, but seriously, this is what we've been waiting for. Almost two years ago, when the second generation iPod Touch had the ability to use the mic feature, endless possibilities were realized. We came to a point where people could make phone calls just using their iPod Touch via Skype. Now, Apple has made that dream even easier. I dare say it, but I think the Apple iPod Touch, with its built in mic, front and back cameras, may just have become the newest iPhone Killer.
When Kindle first came out in 2007, a huge riot broke out. Well, not exactly. The Kindle however, managed to squeeze its way into a domain that had not been saturated up to that point. Even with the release of the iPhone that year, the Kindle still managed to saturate its market with loyal Kindle followers.
For me however, the Kindle's steep price and my lack of desire to read at the time, made it an unappealing device. Prior to the release of the iPad, the Kindle seemed like the ideal gadget for college students to own. Come on, imagine having to lug 3-4 books around at school. If you could put them all in a single device, that would not only save your back, but save you the worry of forgetting any of your reading materials for class.
The Kindle DX appeared to be the big brother of the first gen Kindle, but also the Kindle that would be piloted in colleges to see its effectiveness. Based on the pilot programs at institutions like Princeton, the biggest setback was the inability to highlight and annotate text like physical papers. However, there were some benefits.
Princeton website, some students reduced paper consumption by half. There was even one student who only printed out two articles for the entire class out of necessity (since they weren't available on the Kindle).Less paper was printed. The green side of the Kindle definitely showed itself as classes used less printed material. Referring to the story on the
The ease of use can still be a challenge for the Kindle. Some professors found the device to be inadequate for in class use. Especially in speed, the Kindle takes time to maneuver and open files. I can definitely see the challenges in using an e-reader where you want your whole class to navigate to a particular page. If it takes longer than physical material, you know there's a problem.
What's in the new Kindle?
The newest Kindle comes in two flavors, one with Wi-Fi and the other with 3G priced $139 and $179 USD respectively. Considering the original model was over $ 300, the Kindle has come a long way in satisfying not only your taste for gadgets, but also our wallets. Here's what the new Kindle brings to you:
- Better Design (Lighter)
- Better Reading Quality (Higher Contrast)
- Read in Sunlight
- More Storage
- Battery Life for a Month!! (WOW!)
- Built in Wi-Fi and or 3G (Model Dependent)
- Better Web Browsing with Free 3G
Which one should you consider?
If you're a college student, there is no reason to spend an extra $40 for the 3G version. In most cases, you'll have wireless Internet available on campus and most likely in your living quarters. However, if you find yourself traveling and going places with little to no Internet, than a 3G model might work best for you.
How to use this Kindle for Class?
You can probably conjure up a few ideas. Since classes won't be Kindle friendly, you might find yourself slamming your head as to why you bought one of these god awful devices. Here's one thing to consider, your major. If you're in a major where reading is a large component of your daily diet, then you might find many uses for the Kindle device. On the other hand, if you're in a more technical field, you may find yourself struggling to see diagrams if color becomes important. In addition, if some of your classes give you open book test, then the Kindle might not be your cup of tea. Last but not least, your textbooks might not be Kindle friendly yet.
Should you place an order for one?
As much as I like the Kindle, it still waives off as a luxury device. If you're organized, have a laptop, and a decent laser jet printer, then a Kindle probably won't make a difference. On the other hand, if you're the type that likes to go green and try new products, then this Kindle might be up your ally.
If you don't happen to buy one, don't worry, I'm sure some of you might find them as nice gifts from friends and family.
If there is one Swiss army knife that every college student needs, this one is it. Qiqqa, a research tool, makes writing papers a breeze. I have never seen a tool out there like this and I definitely wish it was around while I was in school. However, you're in luck. Qiqqa is currently offering its alpha version for free to users and it's said that a free version will remain available for users upon release. In this article, I'll break down some of the current features of Qiqqa and let you know if it's really worth your time.
Everybody knows that writing a research paper can be a major pain when you're unorganized. However, Qiqqa makes quick work of that by
allowing you to organize all the PDF's that you find online. Now, you might be wondering, why this is useful. Well, Qiqqa organizes all your documents into a database where it can actually make them searchable. Unfortunately, most PDFs aren't text searchable, but Qiqqa will use a featured tool called Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to scan and images searchable.
The ability to search several documents at once or even a plethora will save you time. This gives you, the researcher, the ability to skim and download documents on the fly and organize them into a database to sift through later. I found this significant in any research tool. There are some slight cons for this great feature, however.
OCR can take a long time to complete. I had a handful of old research documents that I threw into Qiqqa expecting them to OCR on the fly, but that wasn't the case. Whether the final version will address the time it takes for this process to run, you could expect spending hours OCRing files based on your computers speed.
I ran the test on my old laptop running an Intel Core 2 Duo 2Ghz processor. With about 900 pages to OCR, it was still not done after 10 hours. On the other hand, I ran the same test using my newer Intel Quad Core 2.33 Ghz computer and there were definite differences. The OCR process sped right through in a few hours. Although this tool will work well on a laptop, make sure to give OCR plenty of time to run its program.
Qiqqa makes organizing your meta-data a breeze with its intuitive ribbon that appears when you open a PDF. You're given information about the Title, Author, Year, Tag, and other great features like Ratings and Reading Stage. But that's not all, to help populate the meta-data faster, you can use the BibTex feature which searches the title of the document on Google Scholar to track down meta-data. The designer claims this works most of the time, but I found it worked "sometimes." Whether it appears in Google Scholar or not will depend on where you found the document in the first place. I'm sure if more databases are used, this feature will excel.
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Stay Sync with the Cloud
If you start using multiple computers to do your research, you'd want that meta-data and documents almost anywhere. Well, Qiqqa has a web sync feature which allows you to sync meta-data and documents across multiple computers. I haven't tried this feature, but it's a great addition to an already great tool.
Organizing Chunks of Information
While you're skimming through research documents, you may find chunks that can be useful to run back to. Sometimes trying to highlight and mark information on PDF readers can be very difficult. You might even find yourself writing things down by hand. This process takes a lot of time. Luckily, Qiqqa gives you the ability to highlight images and text while you research. Just simply using the annotation tool in segments you want to review later will give you the option to aggregate them later by generating a report with all the sections you selected.
To get started on your research, Qiqqa even adds a somewhat primitive brainstorm tool that allows you to make simple charts to help your ideas flow. It's simple enough, yet you have it at your disposal.
- I wish there was some way to filter documents by folders instead of tags. I'd like to be able to clump a set of research documents into one project without having to include research documents in other topic areas.
- The auto-table of contents feature still needs some work as some documents aren't recognized properly in this area. However, this isn't a deal breaker.
- It might be useful to enable sharing opportunities for researchers who are working with others. I'm sure this feature will probably be added in the future.
Take a Closer Look
Here's a video they have on their website giving you a quick overview.
There are still a handful of features I did not get to in Qiqqa and I leave that for you to explore. In the meantime, if you're looking for a great research tool that organizes information and speeds up the process, then Qiqqa is the tool for you. Although still in its infancy, Qiqqa feels like an almost finished product you could feel safe using right now. So stop by www.qiqqa.com and give this program a try.
Have you ever needed an image editing program but couldn’t afford Photoshop? Have you tried the Gimp only to find yourself confused and in need of much help? Look no further, because Pixlr is here to save the day. Widely compared to Photoshop, Pixlr can do just about the basics of Photoshop for no cost at all. Even better, you don’t have to download anything (even illegally for that matter). If you’re ever in a pinch to make a banner, make photo changes, or even uses brushes to create cool effects, you can hop on a computer and load up Pixlr right on your web browser.
As a college student, you’ll find yourself on campus without a laptop. However, you’re bound to have computer labs you can jump right on. That’s where Pixlr really shines.
If you need some help getting started, I’ve made some Pixlr Tutorial Videos that are up on Youtube. There helpful for beginners and hopefully for you that’s just getting started. However, if you’re an AVID Photoshop user, many of the features will fee familiar.
Visit Pixlr.com to start using this awesome tool.
Pixlr Color Replace Tool (Toy Story 3)
Have you ever wanted to change the color of something in an image but could never do it properly? I was actually amazed when I saw this tool in Pixlr, because it really shows the power of cloud based software. Anyway, if you want to start changing colors like a pro, watch the video to learn some more. Make sure to watch the end as I show you how to really amaze your friends.
Pixlr Clone Tool: Make an Army of Ducks
Have you ever wanted to make an army of ducks, well you can now with the image clone tool in Pixlr. It's not as hard as you think and with a little finesse, you'll be cloning tons of characters in your images. You don't need something like Photoshop to do this and you'll be on your way to become an awesome image editor.
Drop the books, the pens, and even your phone because “IT’S ABOUT TIME” you got recognized for your elite real time strategy (RTS) skills in Starcraft II. Like many college students like yourself waddling the summer away, why not try your luck on building your skills in this old (great rehash) of Starcraft. For those familiar with the original, then you’re a quarter of the way there.
Get this, a Global Starcraft II League is shaping up to give access to anyone to compete that has the skills for it. Blizzard is partnering with GomTV that will host monthly tournaments that will lead into a world tournament. You haven’t heard the sweetest part. Combatants can earn up to 85,000 USD for first place and 25,000 USD for second place. Other qualifying spots still earn thousands of dollars at these monthly tournaments. Read more about it here: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=141496
I know you might be intimated, but if you think you have what it takes, it might not be a bad investment of your time, considering you got nothing better to do. So head on over to your local Game Store and pick up a copy of Starcraft II. Now you can thank me for giving you a reason for getting back into video games, but don’t blame me for the bad grades.
Class is out and the last things probably on your mind are
text books. However, for many of you, summer school or summer jobs might be up
your alley. I know it’s been a long 6 months since University Ninja has had any
major articles up online. To be honest, you probably don’t even care. However,
after finally graduating and the long summer to kill, I’ll be working on some
useful articles and videos to help you prepare for summer, jobs, and the next
school year. As usual I’ll be tackling the tech and some cool and nifty ways to
save you time and money. In addition, I hope to get a refresh on the website
that you’ll probably see by the time this goes up. I’m also planning to get video content up to compliment the
articles. Hopefully it’ll keep things from getting dry. I haven’t given up on
University Ninja just yet…stay tuned everybody.
My biggest pet peeve and probably the most preventable
problem, is email etiquette. How many times have you received a mass email only
to find out that the emailer forgot a number of items, or someone just happen
to reply all. In this tutorial, I write about the pitfalls of emails and what
you can do about idiot proofing emails. So stop being an email n00b and learn
how to finally put together a well thought email. It’s a lot easier than you
think and it’ll save you tons of time in the long run.
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How many times have you ever received an email only to find
that the user put this in the SUBJECT:
Meeting @ Starbucks
First of all, what’s the problem with this subject heading?
It’s too vague. One, it doesn’t tell me the date, the time, and the subject
matter. In our busy lives, people don’t have time to read lengthy emails. Why
make life harder for everyone by being so ambiguous. Here’s a more appropriate
Meeting: 5/12/10 @
Starbucks 5PM (On Campus) for Planning Committee
The new SUBJECT tells me much more detail. So if I’m
skimming through my email, I notice a meeting request, I know the date, time,
location, and subject. If you are the sender and the most important thing is
for you to bring people to a meeting, this is all the information they need. It’s
short, concise, and straight to the point. However, we can still improve this
SUBJECT by one more notch.
Instead of just putting 5/12/10, you might want to add the
day. Why? Most people schedule routinely activities based on the day. For
example, if you tell me lets meet on Thursday, the first thing that goes
through my mind is the classes and meetings I have that day. However, if you
just put 5/12/10, then I’m trying to figure out, what day is this? What am I
doing on this day? Do I have to open up a calendar?
Can you see how this might be irritating for a person? It
only takes a few moments on your part to look it up and add it to the title. So
here’s the final version:
Meeting: Wednesday 5/12/10 @ Starbucks 5PM (On Campus) for
This is what an effective SUBJECT heading should look like.
When I see this pop up in an email, I can access all the information about it.
I won’t get into Calendar Events with programs like Outlook or Google Calendar.
If you do use them, there are great ways to arrange meetings.
Email List, Mass
For the love of all hamsters, please, please, please double,
no, triple check your email list before you send it out. If you have a special
email group list, then that’s fine, but if you don’t, make sure you check who’s
Have you ever used CC’d? It means carbon copy. It lets the
main “To:” person know that you have sent this to another person for
reference. But have you ever used BCC?
It stands for Black Carbon Copy, it’s a way to send an email out without the “To:”
person knowing you ever sent a reference to another person. BCC is almost like
a ghost field. If you ever send emails out to unrelated people, use BCC. In
practice, using BCC prevents other people on a mailing list from finding other
people’s email. This also prevents one person from mass replying back to a
Email Content – The Body:
When you put an email together, make it simple and
digestable. The last thing I want to read when I open up an email is a 15 line
paragraph. Obviously this all depends on the setting. However, if you have to
go through emails on a daily basis, seeing a bulky email is not one for the
faint of heart. I find myself beginning to read only to find out the sender
wants to have a meeting at Starbucks at 5PM on Tuesday. Here’s an example:
Don’t Do This:
We need to set up for a conference. We’ve got a
few days left and I wanted to touch base. How about we setup a meeting at Starbucks
around 5PM on Tuesday? I think we still need to talk about speakers and food so
make sure to come prepared. See you soon. Oh, why don’t we set it up for like
next week, not this Tuesday, but the next one.
I can’t tell you enough, how often I see emails like these. Some
emails are longer than this, 3 or 4 times longer sometimes. Can you tell what’s
wrong? I don’t know the exact Starbucks and I don’t know which Tuesday it is.
You don’t need a whole paragraph to tell a person that.
Meeting: Planning Committee
Date: Wednesday 5/12/10
Location: Starbucks (on Campus)
Content: Hey guys, we’re meeting to finalize the details for
the conference we’re putting together. Hit me up with an email or call me if
you have any questions.
Do you see how easy this is to digest? I open up an email I
see what the meeting is about, the date, the time, and the location. The sender
even added a small blurb. I’ll read it because he was so nice to. It leaves
absolutely no guessing on the readers part.
Have you ever gotten those emails from professionals and you
find that they have some tag on the bottom. It usually shows their name, their title,
company, and phone number. This is usually easy to do for most people. You can
even set it up in Gmail or programs like Outlook. But why do this? If you’re
the type of person that has to send out emails on a frequent basis, where your
contact info is important for people to have, you might want to add this. This
gives the receiver some quick info on who you are, just in case you forgot.
Don’t Do This:
I want to inform you that we’re relocating your desk as of
next week. You will be relocated to the second floor so you can best work with
your new team members.
Can you see the problem with this email? Sure contextually
it makes sense, but what if you don’t know Sally? Who is this person to tell
you that you’re being moved? In an instant, you need to send a reply to find
out what happened. An uncessary reply only if Sally was more diligent with a
I want to inform you that your boss Steve has asked me to
move you to the second floor next week on Monday. Steve feels that you’ll be
able to work more efficiently with your teams members on the second floor.
Can you see
how this seems better? Now you know who authorized the move, and you know where
Sally is from. It makes sense that some from HR is planning your move. At this
point, there’s no need for a second email.
I didn't talk about grammar or other etiquettes about emailing friends versus co-workers. I'm more than positive you can figure out the proper tone you should be using. These tips are more useful for the people who go to school and have to email club members, lab groups, and etc. I'm honestly tired of having to read through poorly crafted emails that leave important details out.
If you ever have to write an important email, then take it seriously like an essay. Write it up, then save it in draft. Come back to it 30 minutes or later and reread asking if you left anything out. This prevents a whole lot of problems people usually experience.
If you have a tip or trick on how to put together good emails, feel free to send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you buy a netbook?
Netbooks have been around for the past few years and have only recently
exploded in the market. You can practically find any computer manufactuer
outputting some type of netbook/smartbook. But what is a netbook and how is it
different from your typical notebook/laptop. Before I begin, I want to touch on
a story of how I got my netbook and discuss my current impressions about it.
About two weeks ago I decided to
clean my Dell XPS m1210. I normally do this on a montly basis. It was suppose
to be a routine clean. Open up the laptop, get the compressed air, and be done
with it. However, that didn’t happen. As usual, I’m always fascinated by
technology and I like to open gadgets up more than they should. Now, I didn’t
open my laptop further just to guaze at it, but it was a suggestion for a complete
cleaning method. Long story short, I popped open my laptop to an undesirable
level (took about 20 minutes). To clean the fan, I needed to remove the
heatsink. Little did I know my CPU was firmly attached to the heatskink because
of the thermal paste. I accidently
damaged the CPU holder (or so I thought). After I put everything together I
thought the laptop would boot right back up but it didn’t. My first conlcusion
was that I totally ruined my laptop. Great I thought (somewhat sarcastically), let’s
find a netbook to replace it.
I already knew a lot about
netbooks before my research began. I knew about the processor speeds and the
capabilities of most netbooks out on the market. Honestly, they weren’t
stunning. I was very use to the Intel Core 2 Duo processor which was very
capable. How would suddenly jumping to an Intel Atom Processor be great for me?
So since netbooks largest bottle neck was its processor, the next best thing
was to find one that could manage to play videos really well, particularly 720P
or even 1080p for that matter. Fortunately, Nvidia had brought the ion to the
The ion came off as a promising
discrete card, apparently a 9400m. If used and coupled with the proper
software, high def video playing and encoding could be done with record speed.
It was because of this notion I decided to pursue the HP mini 311.
When I brought the netbook home I
was hoping to witness a wonderous device. However, it was more dismal than
wonderful. First the netbook mouse and mousepad were terrible. It’s design
caused the cursor to jump to random locations as I typed. Video playback on
Youtube was subpar, even with the 10.1 Flash Beta. Although hard disk playback
of video is fine, playing videos off the internet were not. I tried playing
Hulu videos and that was skippy and 720P videos on Youtube were just as
mediocre. I was firmly disappointed.
I did the upgrades that people
suggested on forums. Fortunately most of the playback problems have been fairly
resolved. With regards to speed and overall performance, a netbook will
struggle. Even handling normal browser task through Google Docs posed bottle
necks for the netbook. It was very discouraging. My Dell XPS m1210
ultraportable could easily tackle task with little slowdown whatsoever.
When I finally had time on the
weekend to look at my dear XPS m1210, I opened it up once more to see if I
could fix it. Maybe the CPU chassis wasn’t damaged. So I did a little bit of
fiddling in that area and whole and behold, my laptop turned on. I was amazed
but also sort of stunned. Because now I had two laptop devices and one wasn’t
really doing the job for me.
Don’t get me wrong, the HP mini
311 is a great device, but it doesn’t give me that rugged feel to it, like its
kin, the HP mini 210. The HP mini 311 feels very flimsy as though a drop would
pretty much destroy it. And although my XPS is getting old in its looks, it’s
actually built very tough. I’ve dropped it a number of times, spilled water,
and a tire has run over it and it still runs fantastic. If my netbook were to
experience any of those, it was practically game over.
My final thoughts:
a netbook you know feels sturdy. Trust me, if you’re a butterfinger at all, you’ll
want a netbook that can take a few punches.
a netbook for what it’s intended for. It’s a device to get you online, type
some document, and maybe watch some videos.
the mousepad reviews before buying. Some netbooks have terrible mousepads. This
can be very annoying even if you have to get use to it.
for a netbook with good battery life. You’re obviously getting one for all day
computing, try to get the most out of it. Some netbooks reach 10 hours.
with Ion, gaming with the latest games is ridiculous. If you’re a gamer, keep
your games on your desktop and play them there. The framerates and quality are
still subpar even with the Ion processor. Maybe when Ion 2 comes out things
will change, but the Intel Atom processor really bogs the system down.
7 runs snappier if you can get it, but expect to lose an hour on your battery
life, maybe even a little more.
When I use a laptop, I want it to
run smooth and fast. Unfortunately, a netbook just doesn’t offer that to me at
this point. Sometimes the lag and delays can be very frustrating, especially
when you need that speed at important times. If you’re the type that is use to
this speed and comfort, I would suggest avoiding the Intel Atom Processor and
scoot a long towards an Intel Core 2 Duo at least. The battery life for most
might not be as glamorous, but it will do the work you want it to.
HP mini 311 image from: http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/hp-mini-311-netbook_1.jpg
I just want to throw my two cents
into the Apple iPad. I don’t care if you read this; I just want to lay out my
thoughts. As a bonus, I’ll throw in how I think this device will change education.
So if you care to read on into the device that kept Apple Fanboys and tech
enthusiast on ice, feel free to continue. On the other hand, I’m sure you can
get your daily dose of Apple Fanboyism from many other sources.
I got my first Apple product not too long ago,
almost 2 years to be exact. I purchased the item as a pre-gift for myself for
signing my life away to go skydiving. I thought at the time, well, if my chute
doesn’t open, I might as well have spent a week playing with one of the most
tech saavy devices on Earth (at the time). My exposure to the product came at
intervals. I met friends, acquaintences, and strangers who had the device.
Usually my first question was, “Do you like it?” Most individuals I asked gave
positive reviews. Can I touch it?
The tactile features of this
device are probably the biggest selling point of the Apple iPhone and iPod
Touch line. I do not think, without a doubt, that without such an engaging and
beautiful piece of engineering would I have actually considered purchasing one.
Anyway, I bought into the fantasy, the Pandora. My first Apple product was the
2nd generation iPod Touch. How do I use it now?
I have a thought that any device
that claims to do multitudes of tasks is lying to the masses. At the essense of
any multicapable devices out there, the origin, the core of that products
strength, will be what most people use it for after the fanfare and candle are
out. For example, the iPod touch touts to be a device that can connect you to
the internet, play music, play videos, and utilize a slew of applications and
games. My iPod touch has been a great app for email, facebook, and staying
connected to the internet. Somehow I don’t use the maps features or youtube or
many of the games that developers are outputting. Don’t get me wrong, there are great games out
there, but I don’t claim to use my device for it.
At the core, the iPod touch plays
music and video very well like its earlier kin. It runs a browser exceptionally
well for its size, and email is dealt with effectively, but not efficiently. I
still use it, but my love for it slowly wanes. This device, for all its pennies
in worth, does almost what it touted to accomplish. Yet it is at the core of
the individual to decide what to make of it. And so, we move on to the iPad hysteria
and anti-iPad militia that’s beginnging to form. Here’s my thought on it.
When the last Apple Event opened
up some months ago, everyone was expecting a possible new device. The iTablet
or something of that name is what everyone figured it’d be called. Did it show
up? No. Were there any signs to its development and creation? Not the least. As
humans, and beings who can delve and expand our imaginations, we fell in love
with the Apple iPhone/iTouch. That Apple, bringing such great devices would
tout a new and evolutionary product at hand.
Some speculate that the product
was built as a result from rumours. The ongoing rumours themselves perpetuated
the production of the device only to satiate the desires of the public. Of
course, when people want something so badly, we normally get what we want. Or
The Apple iPad is a somwhat large
rectangular (4:3) device. It’s smaller than a magazine, but small enough to
comfortably hold into your hands. It’s a device that essentially does all the
things and Ipod Touch can do except on a larger scale. But to call it an
overgrown iPod would be disrespectful to the amazing feats this device has
already embarked on setting.
The Amazon Kindle was touted as a
device that could be used to help students carrying their entire textbook
collection into this one device. I’m talking about the larger Kindle by the
way. Early research said it lacked the ability to take notes and it didn’t feel
overwhelmingly useful over conventional books. The iPad can soon change that.
The shear contrast and color of
the device offers a rich experience, one that couldn’t be tarnished by a e-ink
display. Applying notes and bookmarks will probably be even easier, maybe even
more fun in some way. Now, let’s hope McGraw Hill can correct its mistakes and
have them back on board with Apple to share their products. Reading books just
isn’t the half of it.
Going online on a device such as
the iPad will make life so much easier. I love the iPod touch mobility to surf
the net, but the small screen can take its toll. Being able to read and digest
information in a more native size can be a good thing probably for both the
body and your eyes. Imagine, your sitting with your friends and someone brings
something up no one knows about. Bamn,
bust out your iPad, make a search on the net, and you got a device that can
display media and text to a larger group of people. It’ not as portable as its
smaller sibling, but it’s the size that counts.
I wanted to use my iPod touch as
a device to replace bringing my laptop to class. However, trying to utilize my
iPod touch to read PDF documents was a mess. It was just too small to
effectively look at anything. Now, I can have a device next to me that can
display documents much more clearly and effectively. And if you’re worried
about catching all the words in class, there’s a built in mic.
The iPad, although webcam-less,
adds a mic. The mic will let you record lecture or any important things you
need. There’s a ton of other reasons why this device will be amazing, but let
me jump into some of the arguments.
The iPad doesn’t have an SD card
slot. Yeah, it doesn’t. Live with it. It’s there product and they obviously
made a design choice to ensure that their product remains profitable. Surely if
I could embed a 32GB SDHC card, I’d lack a reason to buy the 64GB model. Yeah,
Apple needs to make money. Money will encourage them to design new products.
The iPad doesn’t have HDMI. Well,
the device is a Pad, like a legal pad and when did you ever think of connecting
it to your HDTV. Honestly I would like it, but hey, it’s their product and for
whatever reason it wasn’t included.
How can I play my web videos
without Flash? Now this one was somewhat annoying. I mean, its been 2-3 years
now since lack of flash was brought to the attention of iPhone users. But I
mean, we’ve learn to live without. I don’t think after the past 3 generations
of iPhone devices that people are still clammering about missing flash. In
addition, the incoporation of html 5 and video providers moving onto that
support will nonetheless stop Adobe in its track.
No front facing camera.
Seriously, what’s with the obsession with a camera? The device was designed to
be used in a particular way. While you’re sitting down on a couch its sort of
angled in a way, or when you’re using it in a meeting, its probably flat down
or slightly tilted up. I don’t think the device was necessarily designed for
you to hold it infront of your face while you video conferenced the entire
time. Again, why would you expect to video chat while you have the device on
your lap. Your caller doesn’t want to see your nose hairs.
Of course I think these features
would be great, instead of people having to use dongles to incorporate their
devices. Even the USB device that’s no where to be found was a must have for
As I mentioned, we tend to imagine
a product right for us, a product to have all the bells and whistles. I mean,
if you’ve been following Apple, you know they never throw everything onto the
table. It would eliminate the 2nd generation of a product. Let Apple
have its fanfare and millions from this device. More than likely, the owner
will find a purpose that suits his or her needs.
Will I buy one?
When I have money and I’ve made a
clear list of all the uses that it can have for me. This might equate into the
second generation iPad.
Have you ever
wanted to know how teachers grade their courses? Well for about 10 quids or
cheaper if you split it amongst friends, you can dig dirt on your teachers
grading habits. Why might this be imporatant? It’ll actually give you an
indication of how hard you need to work your butt or if you should ever take
the class. I’m not going to do a full review of the site, just on the actual
features you care about. Continue reading to learn more.
(Img from: http://ui02.gamespot.com/1249/digdug1b_2.png)
background about this website, before myedu.com came about, the contents on
this website use to be free. I don’t remember what the website use to be
called, but myedu apparently took it over (don’t quote me on that). Anyway,
somehow myedu has access to professor grading habits and now they’re
capitalizing on it. But before you go blowing 10 quids, you might just want to
bargain with your friends.
10 dollars for a
whole year isn’t too much, but if you’re like most college students, you need
to scrape by. My recommendation is to find a buddy or two who are willing to
split the cost. I’m sure you can do that on your own.
I don’t know if
I can give my blessing over purchasing these services. Now, myedu offers a lot
of other features with graduation planning and useful academic management, but
who uses that stuff anyway. Below is a image of the information your shown
below when you look up a class and professor grade distribution. I only
recommend buying this if you can get your friends to split the cost.
Fig 1: Your shown a bar graph of the grade distribution from A-F as well as course load information.